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World-Class Sea Cucumber Processing Technology on Display

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), together with the Town of St. Lawrence and Ocean Choice International, recently hosted the first in a series of NATI Innovation Days. The event demonstrated how technology and innovation is being embraced in traditional industries to modernize operations, increase competitiveness, expand markets and create greater economic opportunity for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The world is changing and so ...

Smart Buoy Technology Aiming to Provide Ropeless Gear Option for Fishermen

(Above photo) The co-founders of Ashored Innovations (from left): Aaron Stevenson (CEO), Ross Arsenault (COO) and Maxwell Poole (VP Marketing and Product Development). Contributed photo A smart buoy that will provide a ropeless gear option for crab and lobster fishermen is set to be unveiled this fall by Halifax-based Ashored Innovations. Initial testing of the smart buoy, which has been designed from a fishermen’s perspective, was slated to began in September. “At the current ...

Fate of FISH-NL Remains Uncertain

No Decisions from Aug. 20 Labour Relations Board Hearing The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is remaining positive that its mission to represent inshore fish harvesters in the province is still alive and well. On August 20, the Labour Relations Board held a hearing in St. John’s to determine the definition of an inshore harvester and FISH-NL said it is encouraged that the Board has agreed to consider its arguments to proceed with an ...

Massive Placentia Bay Salmon Aquaculture Project One Step Closer

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently released Grieg NL’s giant Placentia Bay Atlantic salmon aquaculture project from the environmental assessment process. As part of the release, the project will be subject to more than 15 terms and conditions that will ensure that development proceeds in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment informed Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. that their environmental impact ...

Yarmouth Shark Scramble Celebrating 20 years

Organizers say it promises to be a fantastic year for the Yarmouth Shark Scramble, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during Aug. 15–18. The Yarmouth Shark Scramble was started in 1998 by co-founders Bob Gavel and John Boudreau. Gavel approached Boudreau with the idea of organizing a shark derby for Yarmouth. Having been in derbies in other ports, they both thought it was a good idea and the experience gave them an advantage and the know-how to organize and execute a derby that ...

Drilling Resumes in Scotian Basin

Lobbyists Call for Moratorium and Public Inquiry BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) is back drilling in the Scotian Basin. The resumption in oil petroleum exploration drilling comes only a month after an unauthorized discharge of 136 cubic metres of synthetic based drilling mud forced the company to suspend operations, pending an investigation by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB). The C-NSOPB’s “ongoing investigation into the unauthorized discharge of ...

Cautious Optimism Greets New Federal Fisheries Minister

Photo by David Greening More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jonathan Wilkinson was appointed the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on July 18. The new minister just happens to be the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. As a result of a recent cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin appointed a fisheries minister from the west coast of the country. Wilkinson replaced the often-times controversial Dominic LeBlanc It would be an understatem...

Autopilot Deemed Cause of Fatal Boating Accident

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the use of autopilot was the major cause of a fatal Prince Edward Island fishing vessel accident earlier this year. In its recently released post-deployment occurrence summary report, the TSB said that on June 9, the 13-metre fishing vessel Forever Chasin’ Tail, with three people on board, departed Beach Point, P.E.I., to recover lobster traps approximately 14 nautical miles (nm) to the east. Later that morning, the 11-metre ...

Call Goes Out to Halt BP Exploration Project

Unauthorized Discharge of Drilling Mud in Scotian Basin Raises Alarm Bells The unauthorized discharge of approximately 136 cubic metres of synthetic-based drilling mud by BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) just two months into drilling an exploratory well in the Scotian Basin has raised alarm bells and a call to the federal government to halt the offshore project. The spill was reported on June 22 and was still under investigation as of The Navigator’s press time. Preliminary ...

Icewater Receives ACOA Funding for Cod Processing Upgrades

Icewater Seafoods Inc. will be using funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to upgrade cod processing technology to improve competitiveness and maintain work for approximately 200 full and part-time employees in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Arnold’s Cove-based Icewater will receive a provisionally repayable investment of $2.625 million from ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP). Icewater worked with German-based Baadar Group to use its European system as ...